Krieky Bones | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Perhaps it was a way to motivate us into producing beer, or maybe it was a desperate hint at a Birthday gift. Either way, David Walker cornered us one day and asked for a sour cherry fermented beer for his 50th birthday. Nothing more was said, but we took note and the opportunity to create something new. On the occasion of David’s golden jubilee, we celebrate his mid-life mortality check with Walker’s Krieky Bones! This beer begins its life as a Flanders Red style beer aged eight months in a 2200 gallon French Oak Foeder, sour cherries were added and allowed a secondary fermentation. The aroma is of cherry pie complete with flavors of piecrust and spicy notes. Vienna malt notes give way to assertive acidity and firm carbonation to finish. A santé and happy 50th birthday David!

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 435
Photo of Viaduck
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty orange-pick color but almost no head, just a ring. Very nice flowery aroma: barrels, sweet spices, cherries malt& a wisp of vinegar. Tart-salty taste. Flavor is same as aroma with the addition mild funk, I can taste the pie crust but the cherry flavor was a lot less than I expected. A bit thin with moderate carbonation& hunt a hint of alcohol. Tasty & refreshing

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation
Aroma is cherry sweethtart candy, malted, yeast.
Taste follows the aroma with tart cherry candy being forward but it isn't too sweet at all. It's a bit dry but overall it makes an excellent dessert beer

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber hues with a fingernail of pinkish white around the rim and a quarter of the top. The aroma is packed with experately paired tart sour cherries and brettanomyces. There’s a massively tart sour cherry and brettanomyces. This is like a fine cherry pie. The mouth is vigorously carbonated and bone dry. The oak gives this a very smooth finish. Amazing overall!

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured a semi-opaque, reddish orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of cherry, caramel and toffee. Nice tart black cherry taste with some sweetness and caramel.

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Photo of EMV
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Light burgundy pour with fizzy pink head. Great clarity... modest ring of lacing.

S: Baking cherries... tart and fruity with some red wine notes.

T/F: Tart... bordering on sour but not unpleasant. Cherry pie and merlot... a bit of funk, oak, and vanilla. Light bodied... light carbonation... dry at the finish.

O: An outstanding wild ale... great cherry flavor and tartness... elite beer.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red with fine, pink foam.

Smell is tart with notes of cherries, grapes and some red wine.

Taste is right in between tart and sour, definitely less sour than it's Belgian counterparts. Notes of cherries, cherry pits, oak and vanilla, with a hint of cherry jam in the back. Nice, mild acidity and a sloe-like bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with bright carbonation.

Overall, a very good cherry sour, nice and balanced.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby with islands.

Sour cherry, oak, vanilla.

Nice blend of cherry sweetness and tart. Neither really overpowers. Getting a bit of lacto.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Effervescent with a bit of a sticky tang on the finish. ABV tastes ~ 8%

Very good sour.

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Photo of Holderness
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Ruby-nectarine hued body with a scant half finger of white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Raspberry, cherry, peach, sweet floral, hint of lacto tartness, lemon
T -- Smacky cherry, raspberry, blackberry, sour apple, perfumey musk. Less sour than bretta rosé, for sure
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium carb.Lightly fluffy
O -- Almost tastes more raspberry-fruited than cherry-fruited. Quite high price @$13/12oz bottle. Pretty good overall


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Photo of JRed
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear red in body with large off-white foamy Head. Big aroma of cherries, yeast, some wood, some medicinal, and raisin. Tastes of sour cherries, tart and prickly, wine? Medium bodied with active carbonation.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/9/17; drank 7/23/18 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy red/pink appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small white head; almost no lace.

Tart cherry, strawberry & faint honeyed wheat notes on the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart cherry & strawberry flavors up front; mild honeyed wheat & a puckering sour finish.

Too tart for me!! But still very flavorful.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wild ale, fermented with sour cherries, was elegantly delicate. Thanks to a year of aging in French oak foeders, the tartness was very subtle. There, but not too much there. I had it with chicken and mushrooms, and it complemented the meal beautifully--love

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Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle of blend 003. Served in a wine glass. Pours a cloudy, unfiltered rose body, slight coppery hue, two finger offwhite head, great retention, lots of frothy lacing. Smell is rich cherry skin and flesh, moderate acetic acidity, light oak, touch of leather, lemon. Touch of vanillin. Flavour boasts more cherry presence, bright and tart, moderate vinegar, not all that lactic cheese like many American wilds can have, light oak, touch of tannins and even a little vanilla. This is delicious through and through, without any oaky or leathery astringency. This is a wonderful harmony of cherry and sour beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, soft yet dry, slightly creamy with a trace sweet slickness on the finish, otherwise dry. A very nice cherry American wild ale, one of the better ones I've enjoyed thus far.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even if Holyfield himself drank this beer, he’d be like, “yeah, this is the real deal.” George Washington has nothing on the cherries that this magical concoction is brewed with. Sweet, tart, slightly puckering like a Kardashian pre Botox... Yep!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a tulip
Batch 3

A- pours an amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- acidic cherries, red wine vinegar, sharp woody oak, some earthy undertones

T- drinks like a flanders red up front, tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and a malty sweet backbone. Mid-palate brings out some woody oak add adds a touch of vanilla and earthy notes. The finish gives more tart cherry with a hint of lemony funk

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- nice cherry notes throughout with a balance of oaky undertones

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Photo of Lucular
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderfully flavorful beer at just 5.9% abv. Pours a gorgeous dark pink with a white frothy head. Huge aromas of fresh tart cherries with a lovely biscuity cherry pie flavor with a good amount of funk, leathery oak, and sourness. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 375 ml bottle (“batch: no. 004; bottled: 06/19/17”), poured into a Riedel Vinum Riesling glass.

Appearance: Gorgeously deep, hazy ruby rose, with a short head of off white foam and streaky lace.

Smell: Vinegar-macerated red fruit, lactic acid and barnyard.

Taste: Cleansing tartness, with sour cherry , Champagne and yogurt acidity. Bready notes as well as sweeter red fruit round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body with lively, crisp carbonation.

Overall: Bright, balanced, lively and very drinkable sour.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful ruby rose color off the pour. Smells like floral notes and cherries, with a hint of yeast. Tastes like strawberry-vanilla yogurt. Has nice tart cherry finish after hints of breadiness, vanilla, and sweet cherry. Lighter for an American Wild Ale, almost more like a lambic in the body. Light and pleasant

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Photo of Dewsby
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L) Pours a slightly hazy, ruby-red hue with a small white head. The head does not stick around long and there is minimal lacing (as can be expected).

S) The nose is dominated by lactic and ascetic acid, with intense notes of cherry juice and skin. This was swirled in a port glass and the aroma is intoxicating.

T) The taste is tart cherry forward, and again, the ascetic nature of the acid is incredibly evident. There is an incredibly small amount of sweetness left from the malt, but it can be found if you look.

F) The brew is very spritzy and has a medium-high carbonation. Perfect for the profile, it is a pleasure to sip.

O) This brew is fantastic. I paired it with a triple-cream brie and the acidity cuts cleanly through the fat in an instant. An easy recommendation to any wild sour or true lambic lovers.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.7oz batch 004 bottled 06/19/17 poured into new 12 oz Firestone Barrelworks Teku.
Look: beautiful ruby red grapefruit color. 1 finger tight small bubble head that is white to slight pink hue.
Smell: sour cherries, sweet, sharp, blackberry?
Taste: lively, sour cherry, cider vinegar, berry jam, sour but not pucker you sour. Cranberry apple sparkling cider.
Feel: bubbly, dances on the tongue, you can feel the acidity.
Overall: Gold standard for a sour.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a rocks glass at a Firestone Walker beer dinner at Bareburger. From notes. Reviewed 19 February 2019.
Pink and hazy.
Wonderfully tart, sharp acidic bite, but also some sweet fruit, obvious cherry. Body is thin and brief
Really nice kriek. Highly recommended to anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle dated 6/28/17. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Mostly clear ruby red with a 2F white head with great retention, leaving lots of lacing and a consistent cap and ring.

S: Sour cherries and light yeast. Quite clean.

T: Sour cherries, but not runaway sour. Yeasty and malty, very clean..

F: On the medium side of light in body, moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking, crisp and refreshing, but still has a bit of substance to it. Well-balanced.

O: Top-tier sour, for sure.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Pony keg at Ladyface’s 8th Anniversary, so I’m not sure on the batch/year. ABV is listed as 5.70%, which matches up with Batch 1 from 2014. No certain if that’s definite, though.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Kriek. Tawney but still able to experience rich tart cherries. A slight bit heavy on malt which works very well to produce some enriching body and lessening any annoying excess astringency. Well rounded. One of the best... either side of the pond. Crafted beautifully
Oh and as I approach my 65th birthday... happy to say bones are not “krieky”... but very happy to say my Beer is

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 bottled mid 2017

A: Beautiful ruby red with light pink head that lingers
S: Sweet cherry, tart, lactic yogurt, lemon, hint of oak, sweet malt and bready vibes occasionally
T: Perfect balance of sweet cherry, lactic acidity, pie crust, oak tannin
M: Nice lively carbonation
O: Not sure what else I would look for in this aside from some funk. Great integration of all flavors and doesn't kick you in the face with acidity.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch No. 004. Bottled June 19th 2017. Some tugging on the pork with a simple pop.

Slightly cloudy and opaque body color, a dark grapefruit red with more of a dessert dark oange color to it. Head creation is minimal but existent, streaming at a little over a finger, and settling to a thin but creamy top. Head color is not your typical kriek pink but touches a little in that vein but is a sort of pink tan mix interestingly with more brown tones. Clearer body more towards the head and definitely looks like pink grapefruit. Very neat looking beer.

Woah excellent bouquet. Deep cherry tones and oak sweetness abound. Has a little touch of red wine vinegar but the acidity is just enough to keep the sweetness from going overboard. This actually has the aroma of an excellent Belgian brewed beer, kind of shocked this is coming from a domestic producer.

Palate starts to bring the joy, with some minor caveats. Very light bodied, not catching too much of that oak thickness and richness on the mouthfeel. Flavors though are still pronounced but wash a little in a bit of wet candy. Tangy cherry with a bit of hinting chewy backbone flavors on first sip. Slight herbal to menthol flavors as well, with an almost rock candy sensation minus the sugars. Kind of a neutral balance with a very mild sour quality.

Beer really starts off incredibly well, even come off like a classic Belgian producer such as Rodenbach. Taste is a different story, but there is much to easily enjoy here.

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Krieky Bones from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 435 ratings